In a shocking turn of events, one of the two stars of Mom has announced that she’s leaving ahead of the show’s upcoming eighth season.
“The past seven years on Mom have been some of the most fulfilling and rewarding of my career,” Anna Faris said in a statement. “I’m so thankful to Chuck, the writers, and my amazing castmates for creating a truly wonderful work experience. While my journey as Christy has come to an end, allowing me to pursue new opportunities, I’ll be watching next season and rooting for my TV family.”
The news comes just days before the show’s set to begin production on Season 8.
“From the inception of Mom, Anna was the first and only choice for the role of Christy,” WBTV, CBS, and Chuck Lorre Prods. said in a statement. “We are so proud of the stories we have been able to tell during Anna’s seven years with us. We wish Anna all the best, and we thank her for her beautiful portrayal.”
Mom first aired in 2013 and the show focuses on the relationship between daughter/mother duo Christy (Farris) and Bonnie Plunkett (Allison Janney), who after being estranged for years while struggling with addictions, try to mend their lives and relationship while staying sober.
Mom also stars Mimi Kennedy, Jaime Pressly, Beth Hall, William Fichtner, and Kristen Johnston.
The show was renewed for two seasons early last year and it’s still unclear how Faris’ character will be written out of the show and if the show will go on for a ninth season. The show promises to address Faris’ Christy’s absence in the first episode of Season 8.